World’s shortest escalator found in Japan goes viral (Video)

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Asia, Technology, Weird Comments

The so-called world’s shortest escalator can be found in Japan, as shown in the video below, which is now going viral. There were earlier videos (as early as 2008) about it, but the latest YouTube video is the longest so far, which was uploaded on Wednesday, January 2, 2012, and has a guide for tourists who want to check it out.

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World’s shortest escalator
Image Credit: YouTube video screengrab

As described in the new video, the world’s shortest escalator is located near the parking lot at the basement (B2) of Kawasaki More‘s department store, across the street from the JR Kawasaki train station. It has a vertical rise of 32.8 inches (or 83 centimeters), and there is a normal stairway right after the escalator!

“It’s a thing of beauty and magnificence.” YouTube user hippykiller1 said on the video, adding that he rode the elevator seven times and it was a glorious experience. And while it may not be really useful, it reportedly landed on Guinness World Records in 1989 as the world’s shortest escalator.

Apparently, the video, which has nearly 440,000 views as of this writing, was also posted on Reddit on the same day, and has been earning more than 600 comments, with some of them being amazed but wondering why the said escalator is only for people going downwards and not for going up.

Other commentators even suggested that they also found short escalators in other places such as in Amsterdam, in Edmonton, Canada, and others; but they were not sure if they are of the same size with that in Kawasaki, Japan.

But the main question is why would Japanese engineers design such very short escalator? Well, since Japan is known for their superb talent in technology, why not use it for marketing purposes? It may be unnecessary for the train passengers, but is indeed one good thing to attract tourists. What do you think?

World’s shortest escalator (2012 video)
Video Credit: hippykiller1/YouTube

World’s shortest escalator (2008 video)
Video Credit: Tim Arai/YouTube

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